Jews For Racial & Economic Justice Seeks Community Organizer (NYC)

About Jews For Racial & Economic Justice: For 25 years, Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) has pursued racial and economic justice in New York City by advancing systemic changes that result in concrete improvements in people’s everyday lives. We are inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a sustainable world with an equitable distribution of economic and cultural resources and political power. The movement to dismantle racism and economic exploitation will be led by those most directly targeted by oppression. We believe that Jews have a vital role to play in this movement. The future we hope for depends on Jews forging deep and lasting ties with our partners in struggle.

We are currently seeking a full-time Community Organizer to focus on JFREJ’s Caring Majority Campaign. The Community Organizer will also work to strengthen the overall JFREJ membership base, and support our leadership development, political education, and cultural programming.

The New York Caring Majority is a movement of seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers, domestic workers, and home care workers from all across the state. Our goal is to make care affordable and accessible to all who need it, to organize for quality long-term care jobs, and to defend basic protections such as Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. We believe New Yorkers deserve Universal Family Care, and that our state needs a more sustainable and just caring economy. That caring economy, in turn, will help all New Yorkers who give and who receive care to live fuller and healthier lives.

You can learn more about JFREJ’s organizing with seniors, family caregivers, and home care workers here.
You can learn more about the exciting Caring Majority campaign here.

Applications are due on Monday, March 20th at 5 PM.

Job Responsibilities

The Community Organizer will be responsible for the following:

  • Working closely with the Director of Organizing, JFREJ member leaders, and partner organizations through the New York Caring Majority Coalition; collaborating with partners on campaign development, legislative & budget advocacy, and mobilization to build a more caring economy in New York State.
  • Building JFREJ’s base of seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers, & poor/working-class Jews.
  • Develop and support leaders from these constituencies to drive the Caring Majority Campaign.
  • Working with member working groups and caucuses
  • Growing JFREJ’s broader grassroots membership base
  • Building, training, and supporting JFREJ’s membership to successfully take on increasing leadership roles in campaigns and throughout the organization
  • Building relationships with JFREJ’s ally organizations, and with Jewish institutions and organizations throughout the city and state
  • Supporting JFREJ’s Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship, political education programming, organizational fundraising, communications, and other organizing efforts as needed
  • Supporting the overall infrastructure of JFREJ to keep our systems streamlined as we grow in this political moment

Qualifications:

Jews For Racial & Economic Justice seeks candidates who are results-oriented, excel at building relationships, and have demonstrated success managing complicated projects. The Community Organizer will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting (and exceeding) high standards and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles
  • Proven success in relationship-building and base-building as a professional or volunteer community organizer
  • Demonstrated ability to break down large projects into smaller discrete tasks that can be distributed to member leaders
  • A sense of humor and ability to roll with the punches in an ever-shifting political and movement landscape
  • Commitment to, and experience with, collaborative team structure and work environments
  • Deep knowledge of and commitment to racial justice & economic justice; commitment to feminism & disability justice in our movements

The following are a plus but not requirements:

  • Experience organizing with low-income communities, people of color, and immigrant communities
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Familiarity with the New York Jewish community and the New York political landscape
  • Familiarity with the city and state legislative processes
  • Experience developing and implementing campaign strategy
  • Experience with media, traditional and social

Salary and Benefits: $45,000/year, with full benefits package.

To apply: Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills, experience, and interests meet the qualifications of the position to hiring@jfrej.org, subject line “Community Organizer Application.”

Applications are due on Monday, March 20th at 5 PM.

JFREJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, transgender, transsexual, and intersex people, lesbian, gay, queer, and bisexual people, and people who live or have lived in poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

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